Deputy ed’s let­ter

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT -

I never make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, but I al­ways have plans for the year ahead. Some — two in par­tic­u­lar — are long-held dreams that never seem to even­tu­ate. In our cover story this week, Amanda Ducker con­sid­ers why it is so many of us never ful­fil our am­bi­tions. A psy­chother­a­pist, ca­reer coach and oth­ers of­fer prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how we can achieve our goals. Their ideas are var­ied and en­light­en­ing. “They don’t have to be grandiose goals, but we have to have ex­pec­ta­tions of our­selves and live up to them,” says au­thor Joseph Burgo. “And that’s not a pop­u­lar idea. The view of self-es­teem that pre­dom­i­nates in my field is self-love and self-ac­cep­tance … My view is: No, you have to live up to the val­ues you hold to feel good about your­self.” In other sto­ries, artist Amanda Parer talks to Tim Mar­tain about her lat­est in­flat­able art­work, which will float in Launce­s­ton’s Cataract Gorge dur­ing Mona Foma from to­mor­row; and we look in­side the his­toric Val­ley­field prop­erty, owned by the Gov­er­nor Kate Warner’s fam­ily, at New Nor­folk.

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